In Navaratri, we invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, commonly referred to as “Durga,” which literally means the remover of miseries of life.
In navratri apart from the fun and frolic of Garba and Dandiya there is a culture of fasting for nine days. These fast help in detoxifying our body physically and mentally. They not only purify the gastro-intestinal tract and purify the organs too. Fasting also normalises the metabolic components and give rest to the intestines.
Is fasting Healthy?
It is an extremely healthy practice as long as you don’t starve yourself. Fasting helps you cleanse and detoxify your body and mind. All you need to do is fast is the correct manner by eating small meals frequently.
Below are important guidelines to fast healthy this Navratri:
•You can start your day with a glass of tender coconut water as it is packed with vitamins and minerals. Drinking green tea also is an health option for morning.
•Sabudana is a packed with carbohydrates and gives a quick boost of the much-needed energy during fasts. However it’s good to choose a healthier option like sabudana khichdi or kheer instead of a fried sabudana wada.
•Eat all different dryfuits to boost your energy and minerals levels in fasting.
•Ragiri/Amaranth is an absolute healthy cereal option which can be consumed as it is rich in protein, fibre and various minerals and vitamins. Rajgira Chikki or Rajgira porridge is a healthy meal.
•Consumption of onion and garlic is avoided during Navratri fasts as these are known to generate a lot of heat in the body. Instead, yogurt will helps you cool down and make you feel fresh. Options like fruit yogurt will give you a tasty variation.
•Include more whole fruits in your diet as they are rich in fibre as well as power house of vitamins.
•Drink ample amount (10 to 15 glasses) of water to keep your body well hydrated.
•Choose skimmed milk instead of whole fat milk to make kheer.
•Instead of munching on fried potato chips opt for healthier options like boiled potato, dry fruits, dates, roasted channa etc.
•Make use of sweet potato, cucumber with curd for making raitas as fillers.
•Kuttu (Buckwheat) flour has high quality protein. It is also a good source of fibre, magnesium, iron, vitamin B and calcium. Rather than eating fried kuttu puris or pakoras prefer kuttu chapatti.
•Eat vegtables like pumpkin and bottle gourd in different form like soups to fill you up with a few calories.
•Switch to techniques like steaming, grilling, shallow frying or baking and taper off your guilt.
•Rock salt or sendhav namak is a pure form of salt that is not chemically processed. It is rich in potassium and very helpful in digestion, relieving gas and soothing heart burns.